Naidu leads protest rally against Anna Hazare’s arrest

first_imgThe so-called crusade against corruption launched by noted social activist Anna Hazare is up for hijack by Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu to run down the ruling Congress party and gain political mileage in Andhra Pradesh.Apparently aiming at projecting himself as “Andhra Anna Hazare,” Naidu on Tuesday led a massive rally with hundreds of party workers in Hyderabad in protest against the arrest of the veteran Gandhian in New Delhi.Later, he staged a dharna along with party leaders at the Tank Bund on the banks of Hussainsagar lake, demanding immediate release of Anna. He strongly condemned the arrest of Anna and announced that he would go on day-long fast in support of the fight against corruption. The TDP president is also contemplating taking up indefinite fast in New Delhi in the first week of September on corruption and also agricultural crisis in the state.The exact date would be decided after discussion at the politburo meeting, party sources said. Ironically, Naidu himself had faced several charges of corruption during his nine-year rule between 1995 and 2004. Some of the allegations that he had faced during his regime were: promotion of his own company Heritage Foods at the cost of government dairy in Chittoor district, kickbacks during the land acquisition for Yeleru reservoir and social welfare hostels in Visakhapatnam, granting of excise contractors on extraneous considerations that caused a loss of Rs 500 crore to the state exchequer, allotment of 1000 acres of land for IMG-Bharata in the name of development of international sports complex etc.advertisementAt one stage, the CPI-M brought out a booklet against Naidu in the name of: “Chandrababu Zamana, Avineeti Khazana” (Chandrababu’s rule was the most corrupt), which formed the basis for former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to attack him in and out of the assembly. However, there has been no case of corruption pending against Naidu at present.The TDP president was holding a meeting of the party’s extended executive committee meeting at NTR Trust Bhavan, the party’s headquarters at Banjara Hills, when the reports of Anna’s arrest reached him. He immediately cancelled the meeting and announced that he would take out a rally in support of the arrested Gandhian.Setting aside his party flag, Naidu held the national flag and went on a 10-km long march from the party office to Ambedkar Statue at Tank Bund. Hundreds of party workers including MLAs participated in the rally and many others passers-by joined it midway. After reaching the Tank Bund, he garlanded the statue of Ambedkar and sat on a dharna till evening.The protesters demanded immediate release of Anna Hazare and his supporters. They raised slogans of “Down with corrupt government” and “Bring Jan Lokpal bill”. The protest threw traffic out of gear in busy areas like Punjagutta, Khairatabad, Secretariat and Tank Bund. “The response to the rally was overwhelming and spontaneous. It shows how the people are fed up with the corrupt Congress government. We will continue this fight till we achieve the goal,” senior TDP leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.Meanwhile, the arrest of Anna evoked strong reaction from opposition parties, civil society groups and youth and student organizations in various universities across the state. Though the normal life was not disrupted much, there were protest rallies and relay hunger strikes in various parts of the state. At Indira Park in Hyderabad, hundreds of youth and students under the banner of India Against Corruption, Hyderabad chapter, took out a rally protest against Anna’s arrest. They demanded immediate release of the veteran social worker. Some activists also launched a three-day fast at Indira Park to express solidarity with Anna.Rallies and fasts are also being held in Vijayawada, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram, Nizamabad and other towns. Students of Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati, Sri Krishna Devaraya University in Anantapur and JNTU in Kadapa also launched relay hunger strikes in support of Hazare. On Monday night, various organisations like Young India took out candlelight rallies at Tank Bund in support of Hazare.Lok Satta party president Dr Jayaprakash Narayan said with the arrest of Anna, the UPA government had lost the people’s support and moral right to rule the country. He demanded autonomous status to investigating agencies like CBI and ACB, besides extending the Jan Lok Pal institutions across the country.Noted social activist and former union energy secretary Dr E A S Sarma also expressed shock and distress at the arrest of Anna and his team. “It is nothing but a blatant attempt to shield the corrupt and gag the voice of the people of this country against the scourge of corruption and black money in India. The government’s motives are clear. We appeal to the civil society organizations all over the country to support Anna Hazare, despite differences in perception, if any, as his struggle against corruption is the people’s struggle against the well entrenched corrupt,” Dr Sarma said.advertisementlast_img read more

Ginebra blasts Magnolia for 1-0 lead

first_imgGreg Slaughter. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra needed extra five minutes to survive Magnolia the last time the two fierce rivals met three weeks ago.It wasn’t the case on Saturday when the Gin Kings blew out the Hotshots, 86-75, in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Paul Lee had 15 points and three assists while Ian Sangalang collected 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Hotshots, who shot just 35 percent from the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Recovering Isa Molde plays sparingly in UP loss to FEU Ginebra led by as much as 21 in the third quarter and Magnolia didn’t pull within single digits until the 1:15 mark of the fourth quarter.Greg Slaughter powered the Gin Kings with 15 points and 12 rebounds while Art dela Cruz added 14 points, three rebounds and a block in close to 24 minutes off the bench.But as dominant as Ginebra was in the opener, Cone knows the Gin Kings can’t afford to let complacency creep in heading into Monday’s Game 2.“But the big thing is we didn’t really do anything. All we was I guess put ourselves in the same situation as Rain or Shine and Phoenix. Now we have a twice-to-beat and obviously, we’d rather be Phoenix and Rain or Shine than Alaska and NorthPort,” he said“This doesn’t guarantee us anything but the first game of a short series is always important cause you do get that quick advantage.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra turned on the jets in the second quarter where it outscored Magnolia, 27-9, to take a 44-27 advantage at the half.“That team just doesn’t go away. We played some really excellent basketball out there especially on defense. We defended very well but that team just doesn’t go away,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters. “I was nervous all the way up to the last 40 seconds when I finally felt that we won it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I just thought our hustle and energy was very good tonight. That’s the team usually out-hustles you, out-energizes you and we got that tonight rather than them,” he added.Cone may just be being too humble in victory as the Hotshots never really threatened. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more